Myles Standish State Forest, public lands, which stretch into Plymouth, contain 26 square miles of Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak forest, and dozens of coastal plain ponds, also known as kettle ponds. We will explore a coastal pond or two, keeping an eye out for the many species here, including hyssop-leaved hedge nettle (Stachys hyssopifolia), bayonet rush (Juncus militaris) , pine-barren false heather (Hudsonia ericoides), thread-leaved sundew (Drosera filiformis), to name a few. Blueberry, huckleberry and holly species flourish beneath the pines and oaks; come see if you can identify them.
Meeting Place: Forest Headquarters, 194 Cranberry Road, Carver, MA. See directions below.
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Directions from Providence, RI:
· From I-195 east, take exit 21 in Wareham, MA, and turn right (southeast) onto MA-28 (Cranberry Hwy).
· Go .8 miles and turn left (north) onto Tihonet Rd.
· Go 1.4 miles to where Tihonet Rd turns sharply right into the “Farm to Market Village”. Do NOT turn right, but continue straight (north) on Farm-to-Market Rd.
· Go 1.5 miles and the road changes to Federal Rd.
· Go 2.5 miles to the end, and turn right (east) onto Cranberry Rd.
· Go 1.5 miles to the end, and park at the Forest Headquarters. We will carpool from here.